What Makes High Achievers Different Than the Rest?
To answer that question, let me tell you a quick story.
2,000+ years ago, A man of great strength lived in the hills of southern Italy. His athleticism and power made him not only the most successful wrestler but also certainly the most popular one of his day. His name was Milo of Croton
Milo was a six-time wrestling champion at the Ancient Olympic Games in Greece. In 540 BC, he won the boys wrestling category and then proceeded to win the men’s competition at the next five Olympic Games in a row.1
It is said that Milo built his large muscles and remarkable power through a simple but profound strategy.
One day, a newborn calf was born near his home. Milo lifted up the small animal and carried it on his shoulders. The next day, he returned to the pasture and did the same. Milo continued this routine each day for the next four years until he was no longer hoisting a small calf onto his shoulders but a four-year-old bull.!
Your Life Today is Essentially the Sum of Your Habits?
The power of small habits, is the core principle of strength training in anything.
The difference a small improvement can make over time is always astounding.For example, imagine improving by just one percent each day. If you get one percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done. Meanwhile, if you get one percent worse each day for one year, you’ll decline nearly down to zero.
1.01^365 = 37.78 0.99^365 = 0.03
Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. They may seem to make little difference each day and yet they accumulate very quickly over the months and years. What starts as a small win or a minor setback accumulates into something much more in the long-run.
The person you are right now is the sum of all the moments when you chose to do things one percent better or one percent worse. The actions we repeat each day shape the lives we live and the results we experience. Habits are not just a feature within our lives, they are the sculptor of our lives.
The path to a stronger, healthier, and happier life is through a steady series of small decisions and daily habits. Tis funny how easily we forget this when we want to make a change.
It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. Too often, we convince ourselves that change is only meaningful when it is accompanied by an immediate reward.
Whether it is being healthy, scoring better grades, building a business, writing a book, or achieving any other goal, we often put pressure on ourselves to make some earth-shattering improvement that everyone will talk about.But that’s not how it works.
Everyone wants a transformation, but we fail to realize that little choices and small habits are transforming us every day.
We falsely believe that the only way to accomplish something significant is to take massive action. We overvalue the shining moments and undervalue the boring days.
To many people, making a choice that is one percent better or one percent worse seems insignificant in the moment. Over the span of moments that make up our lives, however, these small habits determine the difference between who we are and who we could be.
A good life is the natural result of good daily habits.
Here’s Something to Ask Yourself…
What would your life be like in five years if you let your bad habits flourish, your weaknesses compound, and your foolish mistakes take the upper hand each day?
What about the alternative? What kind of life could you create for yourself if your good habits accumulated, your most productive days became your normal days, and you showed up as your best self each morning?2
Better habits can lead to meaningful change.
- What if you finally lost that weight?
- What if you read that book?
- What if you save that money?
- What if you tell that truth?
- What if you started that business?
Wouldn’t your life improve?
Wherever you want to go, wherever your dream is,
Better habits will get you there faster, for again and again,
the highest achievers are the ones with the best habits.
Just look at what some of history’s greatest men and women have said…3
“Habits gradually change the face of one’s life as time changes one’s physical face; and one does not know it.”
—Virginia Woolf, English writer and modernist
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
–Will Durant, historian. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”
—Octavia E. Butler, author. First science fiction author to win the MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner
“Nothing is stronger than habit.”
-Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), famous poet in Ancient Rome.
Your Habits Can Enslave You. Or Free You.
It all starts with habits.
If you want a better body , better scores, or a better career or a better relationship, then you need to take better actions. If nothing changes, nothing is going to change.
Plain and simple, the most valuable skill you can learn for improving your life is the skill of building better habits. Hands down. No contest. Habits are the master key that unlock our biggest hopes and overcome our most stubborn fears and challlenges.
Anyone Can Change Their Habits. Learn How, Now!
1. Milo of Croton Athletic Career
2. There are endless stories of Milo’s feats of strength that are of big leason to us, but much of this rendetion of the story and its lessons first appered on jamesclear.com which i strongly recommed you visit for a full insight on how habits matter
3. Quotes colleted from gooodreads.com, and picture are under creative commons licencse